Meet the 1999 Purple Team
As of 1999, the Purple team has played in six Games. The exact
composition of the team changes each year, but revolves around a
core set of friends who met through jobs at Microsoft Corporation.
Four members of the 1999 Purple Team. From left to right: Roger Carlson,
Bruce Oberg, Jeff Pettiross, Jan Miksovsky. Roger is a genuine
rocket scientist who makes cool stuff at TRW. Bruce writes games for
the Nintendo 64 console. Jeff works on Internet video software for a
.com in downtown Seattle. Jan is a software designer.
Two people are not shown above: 1) Thane Plambeck, head of an Internet security company, and 2) David
Sanderman, a colleague of Jeff's. Although Dave wasn't
physically in the van with us, he acted as our invisible and
invaluable Seattle-based remote operative and Internet avatar, and
hence was virtually everywhere.
The Ford Club Wagon with v10 Triton engine is practically a member
of the team. One of the only rules of The Game is that each team
must travel in a single vehicle. Some teams prefer small minivans,
while others have occasionally used large recreational vehicles. We
prefer the size and strength of a full-sized 15-passenger van. This
year's van came in a handsome purple color.
Thane Plambeck with the van
No real team goes without a team shirt. Here Bruce models our lineup
of summer 1999 teamwear. Available only in purple.
Detail of shirt. The design alludes to a pre-game clue that used
Scrabble tiles. "Permute Pal", of course, is an anagram of
"Team Purple". We make no bones about it: we really are
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